Wednesday, June 19, 2024

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Celebrate Juneteenth with ‘Black Barbie’

The Netflix documentary directed by Lagueria Davis drops today.

Pandemic memoirs

The days were passing quickly, even pleasantly. I got together virtually with friends and family, attended services in a ZOOM room, took online classes, and signed up for webinars with best-selling authors and pundits. -- Barbara Viniar

Bits & Bytes: Policing talk; ‘Dance We Must’; ‘Art in the Time of Pandemic’; online theater workshop

Occurring on the same date on which Jacob's Pillow’s season opening gala had been planned, “Dance We Must” will include performances by Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M, Michelle Dorrance, Irene Rodríguez, Daniel Ulbricht and Danielle Diniz, and Calvin Royal III.

CONNECTIONS: Pandemic awakens spirit of community

In helping others, we often help ourselves. In finding purpose and a rewarding activity, we thrive.

‘A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America’: Jim Acosta lectures at the Mahaiwe

"A new kind of president requires a new kind of playbook for citizens and for journalists. As reporters, we now exist to both deliver the news and defend the truth." --- CNN reporter Jim Acosta

Daniel’s Art Party at Simon’s Rock: ‘Moving Portraits’

I’m lining up community members to appear in video portraits that capture the subjects doing something that interests them.

New W. E. B. Du Bois exhibit highlights a Berkshires-grown ‘global citizen’

The exhibit, titled "W. E. B. Du Bois: Global Citizen Rooted in the Berkshires," was put together by Randy Weinstein, who runs the Du Bois Center at Great Barrington, with the help of the other Du Bois Center—the one at UMass Amherst, where many of Du Bois' papers are kept. The exhibit is part of the months-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of Du Bois' birth.

Business Briefs: Asian market opens in Great Barrington; ‘Giving Back’ guide; new VIM Berkshires board member; Roots Rising becomes nonprofit; grant for Villages in...

Roots Rising was launched in 2017 as a farm-based youth development program focused on providing meaningful work to Pittsfield teens.

Business Briefs: The Green grand opening; Art School of Columbia County seeks ‘Home for Art’; 1Berkshire launches Get Mentored; board financial management workshop; BCC...

If the Art School of Columbia County meets its goals by Monday, Dec. 31, it will receive the gift of the historic 1880 schoolhouse it currently occupies. If not, it will have to move. 

‘Living While Dying,’ Cathy Zheutlin’s film explores end of life

By keeping our distance from death, cloaking it, hiding our eyes from it, we actually lose touch with a sacred phase of life. Because, as we all know, death is a part of life—for all of us.” -- filmmaker Cathy Zheutlin

Bits & Bytes: ‘Yoga for Our Lives’; Live Out Loud conference; orchard-pruning workshop; OLLI open house

The organizers of Yoga for Our Lives hope it will be the largest single indoor yoga gathering in the history of Berkshire County.

In era of Trump-inspired discord, state Sen. Adam Hinds wants to do ‘politics differently’

Hinds is also interested in pressuring the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to increase education funding, especially for rural schools that face unique fiscal challenges, such as being overly dependent on homeowner property taxes, compared to their urban and suburban counterparts.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Lincoln Speaks’ at Chesterwood; OLLI University Day; Bob Reiss at Lee Library; call for art

'Lincoln Speaks' will feature readings by actors including two-time Tony Award nominee Jayne Atkinson, Michel Gill, Shakespeare & Company founding artistic director Tina Packer, Shakespeare & Company director of training Dennis Krausnick and Chris Tucci, who will recite the 16th president’s least- and best-known private and public words about love, life and the country he worked to unite.

Bits & Bytes: Joan Griswold open studio; ‘Drones: The Sky Isn’t the Limit;’ ‘An Evening of Duos;’ Young Writers’ Contest winners; play analysis series

Over the course of a 90-minute verbal, textual and visual fly-by, Thaddeus Kubis will trace the history of drones, the current state of affairs of drones and attempt to predict the future of both commercial and recreational drones.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Travels With a Masked Man;’ the Beatles, classical music talk; ‘The Oceans in a Changing Climate;’ spoken word poetry workshop; 130...

Poets of all experience levels are welcome for an exploration of the Nick Cave installation “Until” at Mass MoCA, followed by a workshop with Carl Hancock Rux.

NPR’s Cokie Roberts addresses women’s unacknowledged role in American history

“It’s important to understand that this country was founded by both sexes.” -- NPR commentator Cokie Roberts

Bits & Bytes: ‘High School Musical’ at MMRHS; CATA at Good Purpose Gallery; ‘Fill the Pantry’ dance party; OLLI open house; jazz night at...

On Friday, March 31, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Lenox Community Center will host a Fill the Pantry dance party to benefit Project Milk, an emergency food fund of Community Health Programs’ Women, Infants and Children program.

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